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Maskenball Venezia
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Maskenball Venezia

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 10-30 minutes 5-12

Designer(s): Zoltan Aczel

Manufacturer(s): Adlung Spiele

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Product Description

This is the same game as Maskenball, but this time with a setting in Venice, Italy.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Zoltan Aczel

  • Manufacturer(s): Adlung Spiele

  • Year: 1999

  • Players: 5 - 12

  • Time: 10 - 30 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 120 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3 in 1 review

A hardy party game
April 27, 2001

Despite the fact that I think this is a very good party game, I am only giving it 3 stars because it isn't going to be a party game with the same broad appeal as, say, Pictionary. It is a game that needs the right people and the right mood to come off as well as it can. Its charms are somewhat more subtle, despite the chaotic nature of the game itself.

What Kosmos is for 2-player games, Adlung-Spiele attempts to be for card games. While not as universally successful as Kosmos has been, there have been quite a few good games from this company, all in itty-bitty boxes. The two most successful to date have been Verrater and its younger sister, Meuterer.

Maskenball is a full-fledged party game that can be carried in a pocket. Without a dissertation on the mechanics of the game, it can be desribed as a game of both bluff and recognition. Each player is assigned a character card showing a person in a particular pose, hand on his/her face in some distinctive way. In each round, the players try to ensure that just enough people see them strike this pose, not too many and not too few. Points are scored for correctly identifying other players and for successfully revealing yourself to one or two people. There are also demerits for various infractions, like showing the same bluff to too many people.

This is a game that can make or break a party. With the right crew, it can be a rousing good time. With people who take it or themselves too seriously, the game can come off as a snoozer.

Recommended, with reservations. And you can't beat the price!

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